Statement interiors, how much is too much and how much is too little ? How do we create a WOW space, without going over the top ? Everyone is different and every interior should be different, to represent the PERSON or BUSINESS. An interior tells a story, as did the designers during the Memphis movement, revolting against the sober and functional ear of the modernist movement. With a hint of the 80’s and inspired by Ettore Sottsass, the blog of the week dares you to jump out of the norm and be a bit more YOU.
The striking black and white striped staircase and wallpaper, with colour opposites orange and blue is nothing but short of boring. The walnut cabinet and hint of brass, with contrasting painting, screams INDIVIDUALITY and EXPRESSION of self, in a sophisticated manner. There is no reason that the two pictured images above, could not in fact, be from the same home. With the lounge a bit more understated, but still a reflection of the bohemian wall art pictured just below the stairs, with the tribal rug and prints used in cushions and choice of table lamp, all link to the expressive painting below the stairs.
Orange represents vitality and strength, the warmth of the sun. The Buddhists call the sacral orange chakra “hara,” the centre of being through which we connect, with the deepest voice of self. This is where we find bliss and where our home should be the place that we can do this. It should be a pleasurable experience, your space and not a mundane one which looks like the latest Vogue Interior you loved on the cover of the year. A space should be a place that nurtures our self, our growth. Great places to do this and are the mountain 1, 8 and 9 in a Feng Shui home. As they nurture and support our health, wealth and academic achievements. You do not have to be a believer for it to work and it is just the careful placement of objects, in the exact location to change the chi, energy, of the space.
The Memphis designers created a movement of expression and developed a style that was out of the norm. I am not saying to be as wild and non conformist, however I am saying to be a bit more you in your business and home. Tell a story of YOU and your family or business. When people walk through the entry you want them to understand a little more about YOU or your BUSINESS.
THE HOW: In this design style anything goes and experimentation is the key. Fantastic for those couples with completely differing tastes. The lounge room image is a mix of the napoleon era with a nod of decorative timber work and bohemian 60’s flair but it works. It’s sophisticated elegance. Artwork really is a great way to tell a story and bring colour into the space like the one pictured with a world map and orange, red and yellow hues all passionate and lively colours of warmth. Select an artwork that is bit about you which that you fall in love with. Who knows what interior it will inspire you to create around it, to tell a bit more about YOU.